Six generations gathered around a weathered wooden table; their history, trauma, and stories carved into its surface. In Tanya Ronder’s Table, the Best family have survived abandonment, war, and leopard attacks, charted over decades, to explore the central forces of love and family.
These two girls have been friends since childhood, playing make-believe and integrating themselves into each other’s families, but something has changed and it’s making this reunion awkward. Life’s path only seems clear in retrospect so having a spider friend, a symbol of your future self, drop in to say hello becomes a source of affirmation and reassurance in this production of Spider in My Soup.
Night Writes caught up with performer Margaret Thanos ahead of the most recent development of Spider in My Soup at Bondi Feast.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a seminal text in English Romantic literature which many Australians would have encountered in a high school classroom. It’s a poem detailing the penance an old mariner must pay for a moment of arrogance and cruelty against a “lesser” being. Little Eggs’s reimagining for the stage adds texture and movement, bringing new life to an old text.